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Jason Momoa Explains Why ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Role Wasn’t For Him

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For a while, Jason Momoa seemed like the prime candidate to play Drax in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy.Rumors began circulating about a year ago that the Conan actor was a frontrunner for the role ultimately filled by Dave Bautista. Not long after, it was announced that Momoa had dropped out of contention. But why?

“I think it’s perfectly cast,” Momoa told Zap2It. “Dave is perfect for that role, for Drax. It didn’t really fit in my time because I’ve done so many things where I don’t say much and I’m colored up and I have my shirt off again. I made a conscious choice to turn down some movies that were action-based to direct Road to Paloma so people could see that side.”

He also said he wanted his kids to see him in different kinds of roles. “I want my children to see their father happy,” he said. “It’s not that it’s not a good role, it just wasn’t the right thing. I was on Stargate: Atlantis for four years playing a similar character called Ronon, who was an alien who didn’t say much and grunted. I’ve been there and done that, whether people have seen it or not. You want to stretch.”

Even though he didn’t think the part was for him, Momoa does have fond memories of his screen test with Chris Pratt. “One of the funnest auditions I’ve ever done in my life was with him,” he said. “He’s phenomenal. He’s going to kill it. It’s going to be amazing. It’s a whole Han Solo vibe. It’s going to be a phenomenal movie. I’m glad that he is the lead of that. He’s funny as hell, man. He can improv; he just acts circles around me. It was really, really fantastic.”


  • David Gallerani

    Dude, it’s a marvel film. Suck it up, A-hole.

  • Alexi Lindeloff

    How did him wanting to direct a movie and not play Drax make him an asshole?

  • Roger A. Sneed

    Well, aren’t you just a sunbeam for Jesus?

  • Scott

    Did we read the same article?

  • Shane O Sullivan

    He has been type casted for similar roles since Stargate Atlantis. I always thought he was a good actor so it will be cool to see him in different type of roles.

  • Statham

    So he should put up with it being EXACTLY the type of thing just because ‘it’s a Marvel film’? Surprisingly, these AREN’T the holy grail to everyone, you know. It’s just another acting job, and really, who’s going to give a crap about Drax? Everyone’s either going to be focusing on the others, who are infinitely more interesting.

  • Poetic Stanziel

    It’s all about Starlord and Rocky Raccoon. The other three will be window dressing.

  • Peter Parker

    Rocket Raccoon…

  • Poetic Stanziel

    Right. I must have had Paul McCartney on the brain.

  • DJRickyV

    He should play Kraven the hunter in a Spiderman film…

  • Bodeanicus

    Yeah, I likeded him in in most stuff. He acteded pretty good. I can understand why they didn’t casted him, Batista is biggerer.

  • Bodeanicus

    Superhero movies are really, really important, man.

  • marvelzombies

    Because they thought Marvel movies are made by a god… and these zombies thinks Ironman 2 and 3 are great films…. so there…

  • daredeville

    That’s actually some really nice casting… Kraven has more fleshed-out subtle layers to him than Drax does, so it could show off more of a range for Momoa… however, the look may be too similar to Khal Drogo for the actor. Given his current role in Red Road I think he’s looking for parts with more textured substance, not the kind of thing he’s going to get in an hour and a half – 2 hour movie.

  • wat

    I like it. But “obvious” choices are rarely chosen for casting.

  • The Walking Cuban

    You seen em lately? He’s even mo biggerrer than e use to was!

  • The Walking Cuban

    It is a grunt and slash type of role. Batista should do fine, better than Goldberg in that Universal Soldier sequel. Or HHH in Blade 3. And man Batista was huge, now he’s massive.

  • wat

    I’m talking about Momoa playing Kraven the Hunter

  • The Walking Cuban

    Ah I see now. I can see him as Kraven the hunter, but how bout joe mangianello? Sure he was in Spider-Man but he was wasted in that. The Amazing movies wouldn’t do that, I think.

  • wat

    He’d be okay but Jason Momoa looks…feral lol

  • The Walking Cuban

    Actually that picture above pretty much nailed it.

  • wat

    Yup. It’s the long hair/beard/scar combo. lol